From the CEO, Fred J. Meis
It is almost the end of March, as I write this article, which means that National Doctor’s Day is here on Monday the 30th. Once again I wish to express my appreciation for our doctors Pierce and Althouse. It was just a year ago at this time that I was writing about Dr. Althouse’s decision to return to KCHS. I was also writing about Tiffany Weeder preparing to join our Medical Staff as a new APRN. I am so grateful for the providers we have that make for a very good team of professionals and for all the nurses who support them. We also rely on Dr. Miller and Dr. Finkner to fill in when needed. I wish them all a Happy Doctor’s Day as well. Also I would be remiss if I did not mention our visiting physicians who come to our outpatient clinics. Dr. Azzam, Dr. Netz, Dr. Friesen, Dr. Conant, Dr. Stritt, Dr. Bohlen, and Dr. Hinze.
Even though we did not have a hard winter with an over abundance of snow for some reason it seems that Spring is not coming soon enough for most everyone I have talked with recently. At our March Board Meeting the Board of Trustees gave their final approval for the Long Term Care Building project which is slated to come in at a cost of 1.1 million dollars. This project is planned to begin in May and be completed in approximately five months or toward the end of September or early October. During the construction phase of this project there will still be access to the South parking lot from that end of the building. When this project is complete we should have a new restorative care room, conference room, five offices and a remodeled solarium. The new main entrance to Long Term Care will be from the East side of the new addition. Have a Happy Easter!
~Fred J. Meis, CEO
Employee of the Month - Derra Davis (Environmental Services)
Derra Davis was chosen as the April Employee of the Month! Derra works in the Environmental Services Department. She has been employed at KCHS for 6 years. Derra was nominated for Employee of the Month because she steps up and helps cover multiple areas when Environmental Services is short staffed. She is friendly, responsible, reliable, a hard worker, and kind. Derra will have been married to her husband, Ben, for 25 years in October. They have 2 children Shelby and Dalton. She has a wonderful granddaughter named Harper. They also have a dog named Oakley. In her free time, Derra, enjoys table tennis and hanging out in the garage. She also like to go for leisurely drives in the country and taking her granddaughter, Harper, to see the cows. Congratulations Derra for being chosen as the April Employee of the Month! Thank you for all that you do for the patients, residents, and staff at KCHS.
Stay Connected - WiFi Available at KCHS
For the convenience of our residents, patients and their visitors, KCHS launched wireless internet service (WiFi). The complimentary wireless access is available throughout the KCHS campus including LTC resident’s rooms, LTC solarium and dining room, hospital patient rooms and lobbies. To use the service, open your wireless device and a login screen will appear. Since the service is password protected, visitors will need to obtain the password. The nurses staff will be glad to assist you.
Welcome New Employees!
Caiti Smith - Business Office, Patient Accounts
Grant Alberts - Dietary
Kerry Tanfield - Dietary
Tia Van Matre - Acute LPN-C